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Canine Transitional Cell Carcinoma Treatment at Our Ridgewood, New Jersey Veterinary Hospital

Tumors of the urinary bladder of dogs are fairly uncommon, representing approximately 1-2 percent of all canine tumors. Dr. Dean J. Cerf, director of the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital, has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of transitional cell carcinoma of dogs. He has worked for almost ten years developing a laser surgery technology to offer dogs and their owners an effective palliative treatment for TCC that can offer a longer and comfortable life, and he combines this technology with advanced diagnostic tools. The laser procedure is called ultrasound Guided Endoscopic Laser Ablation or UGELAB. Each of the veterinary medical doctors, certified technicians, and assistants at Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital are committed to promoting the early detection and treatment of TCC and other cancers of dogs and cats using the latest advanced diagnostic tools and veterinary laser applications.

At Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Dean J. Cerf uses both diode laser and carbon dioxide laser (CO2) in the treatment of canine transitional cell carcinoma as well as other tumors, both benign and malignant. Modern ultrasound, CT scanning, and MRI are other advanced diagnostic tools used to diagnose, better understand and treat TCC at Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital. If you would like to learn more about treating your pet, please contact our veterinary office today.

What Is Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC)?

When dogs get tumor in their bladder, Canine Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) is the most likely of all dog bladder tumors to be present. Surgical removal is often difficult or impossible because of the common location of the tumor within the neck of the bladder (trigone) or the urethra, and the tendency of the tumor to return within the bladder or urethra. The trigone, or neck of the bladder, is the most common location for TCC, which makes surgical treatment difficult or impossible by conventional bladder surgery technique. Relatively small tumors within the trigone or urethra often cause obstructions that result in death before the tumor has time to kill the animal by spreading elsewhere in the body. UGELAB allows Dr. Cerf at the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital to debulk these obstructive TCC tumors and restore urination in many cases. It is possible that early detection may allow earlier treatment of transitional cell carcinoma and may thereby provide a longer and more comfortable survival period.

Detecting TCC

To detect canine transitional cell carcinoma, we use a combination of urinalysis, veterinary bladder tumor antigen (VBTA) tests, and abdominal ultrasound technology. We have partnered with Dr. Eric Lindquist, of SonoPath, to ensure that we are using the most advanced ultrasound techniques, and with the expertise of Dr. Lindquist, have developed an advanced understanding of laser / tissue interaction. Monitoring our progress with ultrasound makes our laser surgery technology much more accurate and safer for our canine TCC patients. ultrasound has surpassed x-rays as the best way to detect transitional cell carcinoma in dogs and is equally as helpful in detecting other cancerous growths within the body. When combining VBTA testing with urinalysis to rule out infection or contamination of urine with blood, the VBTA can be a very useful tool in the detection and diagnosis of transitional cell carcinoma in dogs.

Laser Surgery Treatment of TCC

Our veterinarians use laser technology when surgery is deemed appropriate for the treatment of canine or feline transitional cell carcinoma. Both our Ridgewood and Midland Park locations are equipped with diagnostic tools, such as ultrasound, to detect and diagnose TCC. Surgery for canine transitional cell carcinoma is performed at the Ridgewood location with the ultrasound guided diode laser by BiolitecTM and CO2 laser from AesculightTM. Laser surgery can debulk or, with some tumors, entirely remove a pets’ cancerous growth while minimizing the effects on surrounding tissue, reducing or eliminating bleeding and pain, and hastening the healing process. If your pet is diagnosed with TCC, our veterinarians will help you fully understand the treatment options that are best to meet your pet's unique needs.

Benefits of Laser Surgery for TCC

At Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital, we provide carbon dioxide and diode laser surgery for the treatment of transitional cell carcinoma in dogs to help facilitate the most rapid possible recovery and return to a better life. While all surgeries carry certain risks, and transitional cell carcinoma is a life threatening disease, our special interest in TCC will help you determine if laser surgery is right for your pet. The benefits of laser surgery for TCC include:

  • Less bleeding
  • Less Pain
  • Reduced Risk of Infection
  • Quicker Recovery Time
  • No incision for female dogs

Learn More about Transitional Cell Carcinoma Treatment at Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital

Whether you would like to bring in your pet for a regular checkup and cancer screening, or your pet has been diagnosed with canine transitional cell carcinoma and you are seeking treatment, our providers serving Ridgewood, Midland Park, Mahwah, Paramus, and other areas will help you determine the best course of action. Though we are located in Bergen County, New Jersey, to date we have helped animals with TCC as far away as Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, Florida and Alaska. To learn more, contact Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital today.